Education: In-Service Teachers

Library membership

Access to a range of the UniSA Library resources is available to Alumni and members of the community.  Membership to the University of South Australia Library is now free

This includes membership for Year 11 and 12 students.  See the links below for more information.

Teaching Resources [image courtesy of UniSA Library]The Libraries at Magill and Mawson Lakes still hold physical teaching resources.  This includes kits, puppets, puzzles, games, musical instruments, magnets, magnifying glasses....I could go on.

In 2015 the Library took on the resources from the Global Education Centre Adelaide.  The website is available for a short time and contains online resources around Global Issues. 

Resources from this collection include kits based around a topic such as Water, History, Food and Health.  Kits are shelved separately from the other TRC resources and are filed by year level: Early Years, Primary, Middle and Secondary. 


CC0 Public Domain []It is important to remember that most of the resources purchased for the Library are now electronic.  Access to electronic resources is restricted. If you wish to access electronic resources held by UniSA you will need to visit in person and ask to use the Guest Access Computer. 

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Research Help

The research process has a number of stages.  The four this guide focuses on are:

Plan | Search l  Evaluate  |  Record


Before you search analyse your research question. Consider:

  1. The main concepts in your question. You can use these as search terms.
  2. Any synonyms (similar keywords) you could also include in your search.
  3. Any words you need to define.
  4. Plurals or different word endings for any search terms.

Short film:

Brainstorming / writing down your ideas is useful when thinking about what exactly you are trying to find out.  This will help you search for information later on.

This range of guides and video will provide tips on searching. 

For instance:

Find different word endings or spellings in databases by using:

  • Truncation - for different word endings e.g. child* finds child, children, childhood...
  • Wildcards - find different words spellings e.g. behavio?r finds behavior or behaviour


Combine your keywords, using the connectors OR / AND, when searching.

You will find a range of material which need to be assessed to see if it is actually useful to include.  The following criteria will help you make decisions about the material that you are trying to assess.

The CRAAP Test was developed by the Meriam Library at California State University to help you evaluate the information you find. This information has been adapted from the Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test by California State University 

Jason Grant 'Roadmap to referencing', January 2013 [Image source: UniSA Library]

Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!

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Digital Literacy in Education

Open Education Resources for Teaching

CC0 Public Domain []Open Education Resources (OERs) can be used freely by both educators and students, without any need to pay royalties or licence fees.

The following tabs contain a selection of OERs that may be useful for you to use in your teaching.

Visit the Online Learning Resources guide for more OERs.

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The UniSA Library has a range of Subject Guides that can be used with your students.  Some of the resources in the guides will be 'locked down' for use by UniSA Students only but the guides are freely available and they contain great ideas and tips for searching.

There is one guide Information research skills: getting started that will help you support students through the Information research process. There is also information and resources listed specifically for SACE students.

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Open Access resources

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Who else can help?

South Australia's more than 130 public libraries work collaboratively to provide a service to all South Australians.

The state funds:

  • Free Internet access
  • Wireless @ your library
  • Online resources
  • Centralized procurement and contract management
  • Provision of online selection data and catalogue records
  • Interlibrary loan services
  • Library materials in over 20 community languages

These services ensure access and equity for all community members.

Membership with the National Library of Australian will allow you to access a select range of licensed electronic resources from home.

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